IRAQ

  • UN says violence in Iraq kills at least 1,375 in January 12 hours 6 minutes ago

    Baghdad: The United Nations mission to Iraq said on Sunday that violence in the country amid the war against the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 1,375 people in January. The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq, known as UNAMI, put the number of civilians killed at 790, while identifying...
  • Coalition forces need two years to expel Islamic State from Iraq: UK January 22, 2015

    The US-led coalition could take up to two years to expel Islamic State from Iraq, and Baghdad's own forces will be incapable of proper combat operations for months, Britain's foreign minister warned on Thursday. Speaking before he hosted a meeting of 21 coalition members in London, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said...
  • Islamic State threatens two Japanese captives in video January 20, 2015

    Dubai: The terrorist Islamic State group, which holds territory in Iraq and Syria, issued a video online on Tuesday purporting to show two Japanese captives and demanding $200 million from the Japanese government to save their lives. A black-clad figure with a knife, standing in a desert area along with two...
  • 1,400 from France have joined jihadis in Syria, Iraq January 12, 2015

    Paris: Some 1,400 people living in France have either joined the jihadist cause in Syria and Iraq or are planning to do so, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Monday. "There are 1,400 individuals who are involved in the departures for jihad, for terrorism, in Syria and in Iraq," Valls said. "There...
  • Iraq violence killed 15,000 in 2014, worst in 7 years: Government January 1, 2015

    Baghdad: Violence in Iraq killed more than 15,000 civilians and security personnel in 2014, government figures showed on Thursday, making it the deadliest year since sectarian bloodshed in 2007. Figures compiled by the health, interior and defence ministries put the death toll at 15,538, compared with 17,956 killed in 2007, during...
  • Father asks Islamic State to treat captured pilot son as 'guest' December 25, 2014

    Amman: The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State fighters after his plane crashed in Syria said he did not consider his son a hostage and called on his captors to treat him as a "guest". Jordan is one of several Arab countries participating in the US-led military mission...
  • Suicide bomber kills 33 people south of Baghdad December 24, 2014

    Baghdad: A suicide bomber killed 33 people and wounded 55 others in Madaen, about 25 km (15 miles) south of Baghdad, on Wednesday, Iraqi police and medical officials said. The bomber blew himself up near a line of Sunni pro-government fighters waiting for their salaries, the officials said, adding they expected...
  • Islamic State captures Jordanian pilot after warplane comes down in Syria December 24, 2014

    Amman: Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot captive after his warplane came down in northeast Syria on Wednesday, the first captive taken from the US-led coalition battling the jihadi group. Jordan's armed forces said one of its pilots had been captured after a coalition air raid over the province of...
  • Austria arrests couple with machine gun in plane luggage December 21, 2014

    Vienna: An Austrian man and a Turkish woman were arrested on a plane about to take off from Vienna for Istanbul after a machine gun was found in their checked-in luggage, authorities said on Saturday. "The couple were already on board the aircraft by the time the machine gun and live...
  • West Asia tour operators cautious of giving visas after Kalyan youth join Islamic State December 12, 2014

    Mumbai: Ever since the arrest of Areeb Majeed, who along with three of his friends from Kalyan near Mumbai in Maharashtra allegedly joined the Islamic State in Iraq while on a pilgrimage, tour operators in Mumbai have become very cautious. Visas for Ziyarat in Baghdad has never been difficult to...
  • Iraqi man held for molesting women in Gurgaon December 9, 2014

    Gurgaon: A 42-year-old Iraqi national has been arrested here for molesting two women at a private hospital, police said on Tuesday. Mushtaq Munir Shakir Alsaf, who works as a police driver in Iraq, allegedly molested a 45-year-old woman on Monday night in the lift of a hospital in Sector 51. "The man...
  • Islamic State in Syria beheads man for blasphemy December 9, 2014

    Beirut: The terrorist Islamic State group beheaded a man in northern Syria after accusing him of blasphemy, a terrorist website and a rights group said on Tuesday. The man was killed in a public square in the town of Sulouk on Monday in front of a crowd that included children, the...
  • Sushma Swaraj meets families of 40 Indians abducted in Iraq December 6, 2014

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met families of 40 Indians held captive in Iraq for the last six months. She has refuted reports that the men have been executed by ISIS. She said that Indian government sources have confirmed they are alive and efforts are on to secure their release. ...
  • Sister urges Indian-origin IS terrorist to return home December 3, 2014

    London: The sister of a suspected Islamic State terrorists of Indian-origin, who posted a picture of himself recently on Twitter holding his baby son in one hand and an AK-47 assault rifle in the other, has appealed to him to return home even if it means going to prison. Abu Rumaysah,...
  • Islamic State may have developed nuclear device: British media December 2, 2014

    Baghdad: Terrorist outfit Islamic State reportedly have developed a nuclear device, according to British media reports. The reports suggest that the deadly device has been made using radioactive Uranium stolen from Iraq's Mosul University. The terrorist group had seized control of Mosul in June earlier this year. They had taken to social...
  • Islamic State may possesss nuclear material stolen from Iraq: Report December 1, 2014

    London: Islamic State terror group may have developed a nuclear device by using radioactive uranium stolen from Iraq's Mosul University after seizing control of the city last June, according to a British media report. Terrorists boasted of the device on social media, with one even commenting on the destruction such a...
  • US intelligence agencies likely to question ISIS return youth December 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Sleuths of US intelligence agencies are likely to question Arif Majeed, who returned home after being associated with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as he is believed to have loads of information about the group running a reign of terror in the region. Official sources said the US, which...
  • Alleged ISIS man, who returned to Mumbai, says was made to clean toilets December 1, 2014

    Mumbai: Areeb Majeed, suspected member of terror outfit Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) disclosed how he was completely sidelined by the terror group as he had been asked to carry out menial tasks like cleaning toilets or providing water to those on the battlefield, instead of being pushed...
  • All 4 Mumbai boys stayed in different Islamic State training camps: Sources December 1, 2014

    Mumbai: As intelligence agencies grill Mumbai boy Areeb Majeed who returned after fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq, sources say that he is likely to have revealed that all the four youngsters from Kalyan including him were sent to separate training camps in Iraq.They however, kept in touch with...
  • Sunni tribes in Iraq, Syria pick up arms against ISIS December 1, 2014

    As ISIS continues its onslaught in Iraq and Syria, Sunni tribes have picked up arms against the terrorist organisation. ...
  • NIA probes Islamic State's 'recruit', Centre discusses banned terror outfit's influence in India November 29, 2014

    Mumbai: The 22-year-old boy from Mumbai who went to Iraq to fight for the Islamic State and returned on Friday has now been sent to the custody of the National Investigating Agency (NIA) for 8 days till December 8. Areeb Majid has been on the radar of intelligence agencies since he...
  • Will support Syria and Iraq in fight against terrorism: Vladimir Putin November 29, 2014

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has assured Syria, Iraq and the other countries in the Gulf region of support in their fight against terrorism, media reported on Saturday. "The situation in Syria still raises serious concerns," said Putin in an interview with the Turkish al-Anadolu news agency, which was cited by...
  • Indians missing in Iraq are alive, search on: External Affairs Minister November 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The alleged killing of 39 Indians in Iraq by terrorists of Islamic State was taken up in the Rajya Sabha on Friday after a section of media recently reported about it. After hearing the concerns raised by several members of Rajya Sabha, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj clarified...
  • Iraq court sentences Sunni ex-MP to death for murder November 23, 2014

    Baghdad: An Iraqi court sentenced former Sunni MP Ahmed al-Alwani to death today for murder, a spokesman said, a verdict that could damage Baghdad's relationship with a powerful tribe battling jihadists. Alwani is a member of the Albu Alwan tribe, members of which are fighting against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist...
  • US plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars November 23, 2014

    Washington: The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of...
  • ISIS releases new beheading video November 16, 2014

    The Islamic State Jihadist group on Sunday released another beheading video of US aid worker Peter Kassig. ...
  • Islamic State releases Baghdadi's speech November 14, 2014

    There have been contradictory accounts out of Iraq following US air strikes on Friday about whether Baghdadi was wounded in a raid. The Islamic State released a audio recording on Thursday putting to rest all the rumours of Baghdadi's death. ...
  • Obama defends his decision to deploy forces to Iraq to fight against ISIS November 10, 2014

    US President Barack Obama is defending his decision to deploy more forces to Iraq to fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. US has recently approved additional 1,500 troops. Obama said, "What hasn't changed is our troops are not engaged in combat." ...
  • Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi wounded in airstrike: Officials November 10, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraqi officials said on Sunday that the head of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was wounded in an airstrike in western Anbar province. Pentagon officials said they had no immediate information on such an attack or on the militant leader being injured. Iraq's Defense and Interior ministries both...
  • Iraqi officials say Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi wounded in airstrike November 10, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraqi officials said on Sunday that an airstrike wounded the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Pentagon officials said they had no immediate information on such a strike or al-Baghdadi being wounded. Iraq's Defense and Interior Ministries issued statements saying al-Baghdadi had been wounded, without elaborating. An Interior...